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Slowly but surely I am collecting Every illustrated version of the Iliad and the Odyssey… this has to be one of my very favorite so far (The Siege and Fall of Troy, 1962). Majorly inspiring, I had to share! 

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“His fingers touched the strings, and all my thoughts were displaced. The sound was pure and sweet as water, bright as lemons. It was like no music I had ever heard before. It had warmth as a fire does, a texture and weight like polished ivory. It buoyed and soothed at once.”

- Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles, page 34

I’ll just never get this “Achilles is straight“ thing like ??? the heck man, Homer himself wrote it both in The Iliad and Odyssey that Patroclus and Achilles were lovers BUT modern critics say “they were like brothers Achilles loved Briseis“ first of all you dumbos, Briseis (I love her, nothing againist Bri) was Achilles’s war prize and Patroclus - his companion, not vice versa. Second, when Briseis is taken from Achilles, he’s just angry at Agadamnon and cries, refusing to rejoin the war, but then he loses Patrolus, joins the war again for Patroclus and he becomes a fcking terminator.

So Patrochilles is /was/ canon and Alexander the Great was Patrochilles trash *squeals*
doN’T JUDGE ME I’M STILL NOT OVER THIS

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@litladiesnetwork’s second event ➝ favorite minor female characters
      ↳ cassandra, trojan women & agamemnon

these are the men you fear? pity them! and pity most of all the bridegroom general. agamemnon. for when he carries me with him, he carries his death.

KASSANDRA : Look the
cup of my pain is already poured
                            out why
                            did you bring me
                                       here was
                                       it for this
                                       was it for this
                          was it for—
—  Aiskhylos, Agamemnon (tr. by Anne Carson)

questions the iliad is meant to inspire: 

  • how free are we really, as human beings, to make our own decisions?
  • where should the line be drawn between heroism and cruelty?
  • ought the quest for individual honor to be prioritized over the lives of others?

questions i have:

  • what accounts for the bro code dissonance of agamemnon stealing achilles’s girl when he’s literally leading an army in a war that was started because paris stole his brother’s girl?
  • is diomedes single?
  • to the nearest thousand, how many heart emojis would achilles text to patroclus in an average day if the technology were available?